Immunization Law: SB277

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Under State law SB 277, effective January 1, 2016 parents may no longer cite personal beliefs to exempt their children from vaccines required for school. Most families will not be affected by the new law because their children have received all required vaccinations.

Personal beliefs exemptions on file for a child already attending child care will NO LONGER BE VALID when enrolling into kindergarten, including transitional kindergarten (Early Kinder).

As you register kindergartners for the 2018-19 school year, please be aware that students cannot be enrolled for the fall without having had the immunizations required by law. For more information, view the California Department of Public Health Parents’ Guide to Immunizations, and the full California Immunization Handbook.

Please be aware that a CONDITIONAL enrollment may be initiated for kindergarten students who have the first in the series of vaccines required by law but are NOT YET DUE for the subsequent vaccine.

Schools are mandated by law to run an Infinite Campus report every 30 days to follow conditionally admitted students until all their vaccines are completed.  At the time the child is found to be delinquent on the subsequent vaccines, the school shall grant no longer than 10 days for the family to comply, or the child will be excluded from school {CCR Title 17, Sec 6055}. If student receives Special Education services through an IEP and the family does not comply, an IEP meeting shall be held to determine how the district and family can work together.

When the law took effect in 2016, SCUSD’s Superintendent and Sacramento County’s Public Health Officer sent a letter home to all parents detailing the law and its impact on students and families.  This letter is still available for download and review.